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VAR Expert Reveals Why Yanga Goal Was Ruled Out

Former FIFA Referee and Video Assistant Referee (VAR) instructor Jerome Damon has explained why Young Africans’ goal was ruled out against Mamelodi Sundowns.

Stephane Aziz Ki appeared to have opened the scoring with a stunning effort that slammed underneath the cross bar before bouncing in what appeared to be behind the goal line of goalkeeper Ronwen Williams.

There was a mixed celebration as the Young Africans squad and technical team were seemingly unsure, prior to seeing the replays, before the decision was made by VAR without Mauritanian official Dahane Beida going to check the pitch side monitor.

“Without GLT (Goal line technology) it’s impossible for VAR to say goal or no goal – one can speculate either way but cannot be 100% sure,” Damon said about the decision.

“The question VAR asks: is onfield decision obviously wrong? With the evidence… not obviously wrong so [the] onfield decision stands – no goal.”

Yanga head coach Miguel Gamondi was left incensed by the decision after the game, saying ‘big teams like Sundowns don’t need the help of VAR’.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.